New Delhi, Aug 17: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who was camping in Jammu and Kashmir for the last ten days to oversee security in the militancy-hit northern state - which was bifurcated earlier this month - returned to the national capital on Friday.
Mr Doval besides being NSA is a trusted lieutenant of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is considered one of the few top officials who knew of government plans to bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir and abrogate Article 370.
Mr Doval, known for his unique style of operations had landed in Srinagar on August 6 - a day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced the government's decision in Rajya Sabha signalling a tectonic shift in New Delhi's policy towards Jammu and Kashmir.
Reports from Srinagar indicated that Mr Doval had virtually taken charge of security related matters with a special focus on ensuring that there was no loss of life or firing especially during Eid festival and on Independence Day.
Videos of Mr Doval having food with local Kashmiris with shutters down in shops and his interaction with locals at terror-hit Shopian and downtown areas of Srinagar had made news but also earned ridicule from opposition parties that such footages were 'stage managed'.
In fact, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's remarks that 'money can buy everything' in the context of Doval's video also had triggered row.
The NSA during his stay in Jammu and Kashmir also had addressed personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police and other security personnel trying to acknowledge their contribution and services in ensuring the safety of the citizens and protecting Jammu and Kashmir.
Incidentally, Mr Doval returned to the capital hours after Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam told a press conference in Srinagar that the situation is improving and the restrictions will be 'eased' in a phased manner. UNI